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Researchers Use Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons

The virus has been found to peak during the spring.
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Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
This study reports a chickenpox outbreak in Burail in August 2014, wherein 20 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified by the detection of varicella zoster virus (VZV) DNA and VZV IgM antibodies. The viral load between vesicular swabs and serum samples from 8 patients with active lesions was found to have good correlation and further also related with disease severity. Real-time polymerase chain reaction can be useful for early diagnosis of an outbreak and vesicular swab can be used as a less invasive sample for assessing the disease severity.
Source: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Shingles: An overview Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus ? the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles, causing a painful skin rash along [...]
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
Conclusion: Chickenpox can be associated with systemic vasculopathy and may rarely result in multiple systemic and ocular infarcts, including severe retinal vascular occlusions.
Source: Retinal Cases and Brief Reports - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
Indian healthcare company Zydus Cadila has entered an exclusive agreement with Pharm Aid for the technology expertise of varicella vaccine production in Russia to prevent chickenpox.
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
We report a 10-year-old girl who developed chickenpox 1 month before presenting with panuveitis and necrotizing retinitis. After prompt antiviral treatment, her inflammatory signs were resolved. Early detection and treatment of varicella zoster–associated necrotizing retinitis after chickenpox can achieve good visual outcome.
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Brief Reports Source Type: research
Varicella or chickenpox was not a notifiable disease until 2005 in Sri Lanka and only a few studies have been conducted on the epidemiology of VZV infection in the country. The anti ­VZV IgG sero-prevalence amo...
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Abstract Syncytia formation has been considered important for cell-to-cell spread and pathogenesis of many viruses. As a syncytium forms, individual nuclei often congregate together, allowing close contact of nuclear membranes and possibly fusion to occur. However, there is currently no reported evidence of nuclear membrane fusion between adjacent nuclei in wild-type virus-induced syncytia. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one typical syncytia-inducing virus that causes chickenpox and shingles in humans. Here, we report, for the first time, an interesting observation of apparent fusion of the outer nuclear membrane...
Source: Virology - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Virology Source Type: research
AbstractVaricella zoster virus (VZV) infection has been implicated in multiple sclerosis (MS), but direct causal involvement has been disputed. Nevertheless, knowledge of VZV exposure is important, given the risk of serious complications of first exposure while undergoing immunosuppressive treatment, in particular with fingolimod. We distributed questionnaires to MS clinic patients, requesting information about history of chickenpox, sibling/household/occupational exposure, history of zoster (shingles), and disease-modifying treatment. A random, proportionally representative sample of 51 patients that included patients wit...
Source: Journal of NeuroVirology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
In conclusion, significant racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and comorbid disparities exist in the incidence and mortality due to TSS in US adults and children.
Source: Microbiology and Immunology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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